Thanks to those caring for Wood Buffalo’s evacuees
Parents know that teachers make an enormous difference in the daily lives of our children, but may not stop to think about what happens when crisis hits. As fire devastated Fort McMurray, school staff made sure that children in their care were safe.
- Principal Lisa Hilsenteger drove a busload of students out as the city was evacuated, and ensured they were all reunited with their parents.
- Staff at the Good Shepherd School drove young students from one school to another in a convoy of vehicles.
Kudos to the schools, community organizations and corporations who have opened their hearts and doors to help the residents of the Wood Buffalo region, as well as the first responders who are on scene. If you would like to share a similar story about school staff or parents who went above and beyond the call of duty, or what your school community is doing to help with the wildfire crisis, please let us know and we will post the information here and on our website.
- Calgary schools rally to help Fort McMurray students
Lend a hand
Many of us are thinking of Alberta residents who have lost everything in a devastating wildfire. You can be a wildfire hero too – volunteer or donate to help.
- Donate to local charities in Fort McMurray
- Donate to the Red Cross – Alberta Fires Appeal – the government will match your funds
- Donate to the Wood Buffalo Food Bank
- Text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation
- TELUS is matching $50,000 – text RedCross to 45678 to make a $10 donation
- One-stop help site – YYM Help
- A Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page is up on Facebook
- YMCAs in Northern Alberta, Medicine Hat, Calgary and Lethbridge are opening their doors to fire evacuees
- A tool for locating lost pets is available
- In Calgary, shelters and help can be found at Inn from the Cold
- YMCAs across the province are also offering support